Europe news & analysis

22 July 2020
As Auchan and Carrefour look to repurpose further space in their hypermarkets and Systeme U and Auchan Chronodrive spotlight local production, we round up news from the market. Auchan and Carrefour repurpose further space in hypermarkets Local trade publication LSA has reported that Auchan and Carrefour continue to find new ways and partners to help them repurpose space in their largest sto...
21 July 2020
As retailers across the Nordics invest in foodservice opportunities in-store, out of store and online, we share some of the latest innovations from Finland. 1. Europe’s biggest sushi seller and country’s biggest venue in new partnership Kesko K-Citymarket Järvenpää, which won the IGD Store of the Year award 2019 claims to be Europe’s biggest sushi seller, selling thousands of kilograms...
20 July 2020
As Auchan partners with Glovo for four European markets and extends the reach of its click and collect services in Poland, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan signs partnership with Glovo Auchan, after a trial with the delivery company in Portugal and Ukraine, has said it is set to formalise its partnership with Glovo in the two countries and extend it to Poland, and Spain. The trial...
17 July 2020
Aldi Sud has appointed a third managing director, Erik Döbele, at its central purchasing team. As reported by Lebensmittel Zeitung, Erik Döbele will take over a part of the purchasing team from August 1, whilst Simon Gelzer, another director, will focus on the coordination of purchasing activities with Aldi Nord. Accelerating coordination with Aldi Nord The new appointment aims to accelerat...
17 July 2020
We bring you the latest news from Germany. Edeka Südwest improving fresh department Edeka Südwest set a goal of increasing its fruit and vegetable sales by 10% in 2019 which it was successfully able to do. It has developed and rolled out new concepts to aid with this and other departments that have seen impressive returns include bakery and meat. The coronavirus pandemic has also boosted sa...
16 July 2020
Leading food-to-go chains are passing on the tax cuts announced last week by the UK Chancellor. The temporary reduction in VAT from 20% to 5%, worth £4bn, came into force on 15 July allowing firms in the food, drink and hospitality sectors to slash prices.  The scheme will run until 12 January 2021. The scheme is part of a package of measures to help companies recover and get consumers spen...
16 July 2020
McDonald’s has recommended price cuts to it franchises following last week’s VAT cut announcement by the UK government.  Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s chief executive UK and Ireland commented: “ We welcome the timely package of measures from the UK government to protect the hospitality sector. They enable us, along with our franchisees, to protect our people, absorb the increased costs of oper...
14 July 2020
As Carrefour makes further management appointments in France, enters the drugstore channel in Romania and launches a new private label range in Belgium, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour’s loss-making hypermarkets in France According to reports by local trade publication Linéaires, around 56% of the retailer’s hypermarkets, 104 out of its total of 185, in France were loss making...
14 July 2020
As the Auchan-led buying alliance presents new commitment proposals, its revenue remains flat in Spain in 2019 and it extends its delivery options in Romania, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan-led buying alliance to revise cooperation agreement France’s Antitrust Authority has said it is reviewing the scope of the agreement between Auchan, Casino, Metro, and the Schiever Group to s...
13 July 2020
Carrefour Italia has introduced a dedicated section for organic products and plans to continue launching eco-friendly products. Meanwhile, Coop Italia plans to continue to invest as it looks to improve its customer support measures during the coronavirus pandemic. Finally, one of Conad’s cooperatives set out its €350m investment plan alongside its FY 2019 results. Carrefour Italia introduce bi...